Into The Mystic Show

In This Room The Light Flickers After A While.

I try and seperate what I’m posting on different social media streams so people don’t end up seeing the same thing too many times. Over on instagram I post from my Peak Directions gallery which is based on my shots from the beach and ocean. Here’s a selection of recent posts to show you what you’ve been missing if you haven’t found me yet. If you want to find me on instagram: @johncaswellnz

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Olveston Home & Garden

Behold The Light And Whence It Flows

Olveston was built for Dunedin businessman and philanthropist David Theomin, his wife Marie and their two children Edward and Dorothy. Olveston was a family home from the time it was built in 1906 until 1966. Since then it has been maintained as an historic house museum depicting the life of a wealthy merchant family in the early part of the twentieth century. 

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Competition – Give Away

I decided it’s time to give away some art. I’ve got this lovely 18 x 12 inch print of Dunedin’s historical home, Olveston to give away.  It’s mounted, framed, finished with glass  and has a value of $400. The great thing is that it’s all ready to be hung and an enjoyed in your home, office, flat, or wherever you desire.
Printing by the The Photo Gallery in Dunedin.
Mounting and framing by Gallery De Novo in Dunedin.

How To Enter and Win
To win this wonderful piece of art all you have to do is leave a comment on my blog and you’re in the draw, it’s as simple as that! Every time you comment you’re in the draw, so you can enter as many times as you like. I’ll be posting a new image everyday while the competition runs, so you’ll be able to see a new photo to comment on everyday until Friday 8th February. It’ll be like having 300 seconds of good escapism during each work day.

Competition Details:
The competition will run from 6:30am  on Monday 21st January (NZ time) through till 4:30pm, Friday 8th February (NZ time).
The winner will need a valid email address to be contacted by.
Please note any comments that involve profanity will be deleted.

Image Details: 
Olveston, Royal Terrace, Dunedin.
Camera maker: Canon
F – Stop: f/13
Exposure time: 1/25sec
ISO speed: ISO 100
Focal length: 10mm

S L O O O O W

For The Steps Of Another Day

Long exposures and slow shutter speeds can create an intriguing effect, particularly around water. This image I took at Smails Beach which is a short drive from where I live. The texture on the rocks from the seaweed is really interesting when combined with a candyfloss effect on the water created by an exposure time of 146 seconds at f/11. I don’t usually create images with such a long exposure but it’s extremely satisfying when they come out how you want.


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Princess Street Lights

True It Is, When The Rain Stops.

I don’t have many shots of Dunedin at night and I always think I should get more but I never seem to. I always think I should put some time aside to get more images like this which is more of a cityscape than a landscape. It had just stopped raining which made the city lights glow, shine and bounce off all the wet surfaces . Any new landscape/cityscape images of Dunedin I upload into this new gallery called Ōtepoti.


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Sunset From Highcliff Road

Wherever I Wander, Wherever I Rove.

Here’s another image from my Ōtepoti gallery. Actually, I’m going to be publishing images from there all this week so make sure you share them with your friends and family to show off this wonderful place. Today’s images  was taken on Highcliff Road which runs along the top of the Peninsula and has all these marvellous stone walls that date back to the early settlers. On this occasion I was after the sunset looking back towards the city. 
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Second Beach At Dusk

Let Thy East Tide Rest On

How wonderful is this light at Second Beach in St Clair. It didn’t hang around for long so I was pretty happy to get the light while it was there.  This image is from a gallery I’ve just reorganised called Ōtepoti. It’s taken me a while to sort all my landscape images but I’m getting closer to being completed. I’ve organised them into three galleries called Ōtepoti which are images from around Dunedin, Beyond The Eastern Steeps which are any landscapes image from beyond Dunedin city and Peak Directions which is home to my never ending collection of images of life around St Clair. If you want to check them out (which I’d love you to do) just follow the above links. Let Thy East Tide Rest On
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